Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Row 19, You Can Kindly Kiss My Ass

(The following images have been brought to you by Imageshack. Because apparently, Blogger hates it when we try to upload our pics. As always, please click the thumbnail for a decent size image.) I finally cast on for the dumbass shawl tonight. And row 19, kiss my ass. I had to tink back on you not once, not twice, not 3 times, no. 4 times I tinked back on you before I found my mistake. You're really not as hard as all those little o's and /'s and \'s make you out to be. But please, don't make me take you out of your protective plastic shell and think of new ways to fold you into an origami bird. Just. Don't. I managed to get through the upper chart portion of the Adamas Shawl pattern. Casting on and getting through that first row was tricky. I've never used such fine yarn before. Once I got going, I took my time, I talked the pattern through (Ripple was Soooo not impressed with my ciphering) and managed not to fuck it all up too badly. I didn't have a problem until rows 17 and 19 when I had the most stitches on my needle. The repeats were regular enough, but I lost track of where I was in it because I was being so careful. Know what I mean? I kept looking from the chart to the needles after every stitch, then forget what repeat I was on. Ugh. It was ugly. Also, I went to a new yarn shop today. It was nice enough. No Noro (!) and a poor selection of needles. But the rest of the yarn, and the set-up, was really nice! Pricier than the shop I frequent the most, but it's nice to know what they have. And I couldn't leave without picking up something special. Isn't that the neatest little knitting basket you've ever seen? I plan on using it for my sock in progress. Once I get one going again. I also picked up a little more Cotton Chenille for a flower washcloth (for me!) from Weekend Knitting. I have one more to make for my mother, and I'll have some white left over, so between that and this, I just might have enough for two! Yay! Oh, and be patient. There'll be pics of the finished bathroom very soon. It's drying and a few more things need to be installed. And I haven't decided whether or not to paint the doors and the cabinet the darker color that I used for the glaze. I probably will.

11 comments:

Jo said...

Cristi,

I share your pain - I hate tinking stuff as well. I finished a sweater last night, bound off the neck in rib as planned... and for some godforsaken reason, it isn't stretchy! I'm going to manually pull it to loosed it up a bit, but I'm cheesed.

Is cotton chenilee good for washclothes? I have a ball with it that I don't know what to do with.

Jo

Pyewacket said...

Love the knitting basket! So cute.

Maggie Righetti taught me to put stitch markers between lace repeats so you can find your place (or mistake) more quickly and easily. Maybe that would help?

Aspiring Crazy Cat Lady said...

Oh crap. I better hurry up and get started then.

Is it bad that I'm still not entirely sure which yarn I'm going to use? I have Jewels and Vineyard in Shadow and Grape Hyacinth in Shimmer. I'm torn.

Probably Vineyard because I'm a big, purple 'ho.

Areli said...

That basket is so cute. Perfect for a little project.

I have my own mini stash of cotton chenille for flower washcloths. I keep adding to it, but I never make the cloths. One of these days I will get my butt in gear and get them made!

String Bean said...

So I take it you're not really liking the chart? I hope it gets easier for you.

I like that basket! Remind me to post pictures of my new Lantern Moon knitting tote - it's divine and humongous.

brewerburns said...

Turtlegirl, have you downloaded picasa2? It's free from google and allows you to upload your pics directly from there onto your blog. I've found it to be very useful.

Zonda said...

Yikes! Sorry to hear about your lacey knitting...I know I'm not in any hurry to do any LOL! Hope things go a little smoother for you!

Love the basket, and I too have a small stash of the cotton chenille..one day...they'll be washcloths! :)

Rain said...

Your knitting basket is fabulous. I love it.

Hope that shawl doesn't give you too much grief, you'll get into the pattern soon enough.

Miriam said...

Eek! I hope Adamas shapes up for you! I laughed alot when I read "dumbass shawl" PERFECT! If you have any questions, feel free to ask me! I know KnitPicks doesn't give any pattern support, and that is why I won't be sending them any more of my patterns.

turtlegirl76 said...

Oh God. I have the pattern designer commenting on my blog and I called her shawl a mean name. I'm going to hell. But at least I have a pretty handbasket to go in.

veritas said...

te he, i like to pretend that the dumbass shawl is officially called that.